Twins, Royals making moves to try to catch first-place Indians

The Central divisions in both the National League and American League are the tightest in baseball.

Just four games separate the Brewers, who lead the NL Central, from the fourth-place Cardinals with the Cubs and Pirates in between.

The AL Central has the Indians in the first place, but the two teams right behind them each made a trade Monday they hope will help them catch the Tribe.

The Royals, who are 1 1/2 games back of the Indians after Monday’s 12-inning 5-3 win over the Tigers, acquired All-Star pitcher Trevor Cahill from the Padres. The Twins landed former Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Braves in a three-player deal.

Garcia is just 4-7 this season, but is coming off his best start of the season last Friday against the Dodgers and has postseason experience while helping the Cardinals win the World Series in 2011.

The best season in Hornets history came in 1996-97, when they finished 54-28. A “good,” even great season by any measure. But even that was only good enough for a first-round playoff exit. Charlotte’s had deeper playoff runs, but has never gone farther than the second round — because it can’t. Not realistically. Not in this NBA.

So until things change — either with the league or with the franchise’s monetary desire to compete — fans of the Hornets and other “good” teams will have to stay focused on the journey rather than the destination.

Chicago’s pursuit to get younger and take a chance on a player whose stock Victor Cruz Cheap Jerseys is Quality Cheap Jerseys at an all-time low makes sense. It’s a step in the right direction. But they’ll have to be careful not to give away too much.